What is limburger?
Limburger is a semi-soft, washed-rind cheese. Known for its strong personality and pungent aroma, limburger nevertheless has a mild flavor with a grassy, tangy, mushroom-like taste.
What makes limburger smell so bad?
Cheesemakers smear limburger with bacteria called Brevibacterium linens and wash the rind repeatedly as the cheese ages. The bacteria helps the cheese to ripen and develop its complex flavor, and is the source of the cheese's unique aroma.
What other stinky cheeses can I get in Wisconsin?
If you want to go all in on smelly cheese – Wisconsin produces a number of other full-fledge stinkers you can try. Brick cheese is a Wisconsin original – a quieter, tamer version known as the "married man's limburger." Liederkranz® has a similar texture and aroma to limburger but is distinctly robust and buttery. And then there are our blue cheeses and gorgonzola – not as stinky as some, but still deliciously and complexly aromatic.